High-level Group on energy-intensive industries holds first meeting
The first meeting of the High Level Group (HLG) on energy-intensive industries took place on 27 May 2015. Discussions focused on the reform of the Energy Trading System (ETS). Other topics, such as Energy Union or innovation are to follow.
The HLG was set up in April 2015 and is chaired by the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska. Its mandate is to support and provide advice and expertise to the European Commission in tackling the challenges that EU energy-intensive industries are facing due to high energy prices and ambitious EU energy and climate policies. Another objective of the HLG is to support sustainable growth within the sector. It also serves as a European platform for dialogue on topics of common interest to the participants, who represent EU countries, industry, civil society as well as the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The creation of the Group is in line with the October 2014 Conclusions of the European Council in which the Commission was requested to have a regular dialogue with stakeholders.
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